I've flown both PWA
. The PWA
trip was an early morning 737 from SEA
via Victoria (sorry about that). Needless to say, it was a quiet trip, no inflight service, and we cleared Canadian customs in Victoria. Everyone re-boarded and I guess some intransit joined, and it was a quick trip to YVR
. I just remember the A/C being spotless and the crew efficient (15-20 minute legs each).
is a different story. I worked for a major cruise line at the time and this was during our summer Alaska season. Quickly, I had to fly out to Victoria to replace a crew member. The only flight the company could get me on was CP
first class SFO
and AC YVR
/Victoria (sorry again). When I got to SFO
(the old, old International terminal - Concourse A I believe now), I went to the CP
desk to check-in. Since I was joining a luxury cruise ship, I had a lot of clothes (uniforms, tuxedos, all seasons stuff). There was no question about how much I had - I was first class. I was issued an invitation to the joint first class lounge on the upper level. Lovely - a friend met me for drinks (yes, guests were allowed then). When it was time to board, I made my way down to the gate (5:30 pm - quiet) and boarded a 737. The first class cabin was set up beautifully. Comfortable seats, foot rests, slippers and eyeshades on the seats (~1:45-2:15 flying time), and a printed menu.
Drink orders were taken between the demo and taxi. There were 2 F/A's working the full 8 seat cabin. There was also a deadhead F/A in uniform (jump seat), so he helped as well. Very shortly after t/o, the crew was around with cocktails in the proper glass - I'm sure there were peanuts...
Then the meal service began. EVERY course was served from the cart! From appetiser to dessert, all courses were "plated" at the seat. Ah, shades of trips past! Of course, there were two entree choices. The appetiser course was a lobster salad with a julienne of lettuce over chilled aspic. The main course I chose was a great leg of lamb. Not carved at the seat, but still plated. I think the other entree was fish. After all that, the cart came around with dessert, cheese, fruit, and crackers; cordials and coffee.
It was very difficult for me to land - I didn't want this dream to end. All went well, I had a pass to the AC
Maple Leaf Lounge to wait my two hours. Cocktails were complimentary, the other two pax friendly, and I made my connection to an AC
DC-9 for the looong flight to Victoria (19 minutes?).
It's too bad those two distinguished carriers are gone. When PWA
and became Canadian, I have no idea of how things were. All I know is that everytime I've flown a Canadian carrier, CP
has set the standard for me. Yes, I know - those days are gone, but fondly remembered.